Efecem Kutuk's section of the "Collaborative Design Studio" finished the Fall 2014 semester strong. Four amazing projects were presented by teams of senior students from the School of Art and Design at NJIT.
A few images from the final review of the Industrial Design Specialization class. Students were asked to search for a trendy office environment and design a task light which would be a good fit for that particular space based on research about the company/office.
Ufuk Keskin, Industrial Designer of Starwood Hotels and co-designer of SheetSeat, joined Industrial Studio 2 final review as a guest critic. From the faculty, Martina Decker, Assistant Professor - NJIT College of Architecture and Design, participated in the review.
Thanks to Ufuk and Martina for joining and providing constructive feedback to students.
Efecem Kutuk organised a field trip to Knoll Furniture in East Greensville, PA for the Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA) student group at NJIT. First stop was the Product Development department where a presentation was made by a senior material specialist and mechanical engineers from the company. Then a review of the history, present and future of Knoll was offered by the marketing manager, followed by a plant visit. Lastly, Linda Kasper, Museum Manager, led a tour of the museum.
The day-long experience was thorough, in terms of understanding how a product goes from concept to development to final refinement to mass production, and finally marketing and exhibition.
Sustainable Materials and Processes class worked in teams of two to experiment with Bioplastics. Their assignment was to identify the appropiate ingredients and ratio that would produce a range of stiff, flexible, matte, textured, and glossy results, and then present and demonstrate to the class. Ingredients included: gelatin, gylicerin, corn starch, vinegar,milk and potato starch. Some students employed their learnings to cast the final models of the Design Studio projects using bioplastics.
* Bioplostics logo is the courtesy of greenbiz.com
Spring'14 will be a busy teaching schedule; NJIT Shool of Art and Design assigned 3 courses to Efecem Kutuk. ID264 Industrial Design Studio II for Sophomores, ID341 Sustainable Materials & Proceses for Juniors and ID301 Industrial Design Specialization for Juniors as well.
Starting from September 2nd 2013, Efecem Kutuk will be teaching two classes at New Jersey Institute of Technology in Newark, NJ. "Collaborative Design Studio" for Seniors in the School of Art & Design will be a collaboration project of different programs; Digital Design, Interior Design and Industrial Design. Every team will have one student from each and the class will focus on creating a full package start up company that consists of brand identity, product(s) and exhibition space of the product(s). The other lecture / discussion course, "Materials and Processes", will be taught to Junior students in the Industrial Design program.